A new partnership between Zepbrook wholesalers and Social Enterprise UK is making it possible for businesses in London to help provide employment for the homeless with their coffee orders.

The new Buy Social range from Zepbrook allows their customers to place orders for social enterprise products tackling a wide range of issues both in the UK and abroad.

Social enterprises are businesses that are changing the world for the better; like traditional businesses they aim to make a profit, but it’s what they do with their profit that sets them apart.

They are businesses set up to generate social outcomes through their operations, through reinvesting their profits back into their business, or donating these to create positive social change This allows them to tackle social problems, improve people’s life chances, support communities and help the environment.

Well known examples include The Big Issue, Divine Chocolate, Café Direct and the Eden Project but there are over 80,000 social enterprises throughout the country contributing £24 billion to the economy and employing over a million people.

Products in the Buy Social range include Toast Ale, made from leftover bread, who donate all of their profits to combat food waste; Belu water who donate all of their profits to Wateraid to fund clean water and sanitation projects and Change Please Coffee who create employment opportunities for those affected by homelessness, reinvesting their profits to help more people and create more impact.

The scheme allows customers to choose from a wide range of products, including, tea, coffee, water, beer, peanuts, soap and snacks all with a great social impact. Orders can be from as little as £25, for next day delivery within the M25 – with nationwide delivery also available.

You can take a look at Zepbrook’s full range of Social Enterprise products here.

Peter Holbrook, Chief Executive of Social Enterprise UK said: “Social enterprises are tackling many of society’s greatest challenges; they are inclusive, diverse and are providing practical solutions to big issues within our economy and our society. Initiatives like this are vital in making these products easy to buy and accessible to the growing number of customers who want to buy products with a great social impact.”

Karen Lynch, CEO of Belu Water said: ‘’Collaboration and innovation are something that social enterprises do brilliantly, and this initiative is a great example of that. With a growing and exciting range of products, our collaborative marketing efforts, and with the firm support of Zepbrook  as a route to market, we at last have a way to say to those who want to support social enterprises through the purchase of our products for their offices or outlets  ‘It’s easy to Buy Social.’ ‘’

Adam Warren, CEO of Zepbrook said: “We believe that we can help support other social enterprises in the excellent work they do by creating a simple route to market.  Zepbrook have been working with Belu for a number of years, and have worked with them to grow the volume of Belu sales, contributing to the fantastic work they do in supporting WaterAid. We look forward to growing the range of social enterprise products available allowing Zepbrook customers in London to change lives through their purchasing decisions.’


For more information, contact the Social Enterprise UK press office: shehan.perera@socialenterprise.org.uk or 020 3589 4959.

Social enterprises involved in the launch:

  • Aduna – an Africa-inspired health food brand creating sustainable livelihoods for small-scale producers.
  • Belu Water – Water retailer, donates 100% of profits to WATERAID
  • Café Direct – Coffee retailer, invests 50% of profits back to farmers to improve sustainability and livelihoods across the coffee growing world.
  • Change Please – Coffee retailer – invest 100% of their profits to train people who are homeless to be baristas
  • CLARITY Employment for Blind People – employing, training and supporting people with disabilities to create high-quality toiletries, soap and cleaning products.
  • Divine Chocolate – co-owned by the 85,000 farmer members of Kuapa Kokoo, the cooperative in Ghana that supplies the cocoa for each bar of Divine.
  • Harry Specters – Dedicated to crafting the most delicious chocolates that create employment for young people with autism.
  • Liberation Nuts – Buy their nuts from the co-operatives of small-scale growers and farmers who own a 44 percent share of the company allowing small-holder nut producers to earn a decent, secure income and plan for the future of their families and communities.
  • Rubies in the Rubble – Award-winning relishes, ketchups and mayo from ingredients that would otherwise go to waste, often for simply being the wrong shape, size or colour.
  • Tea People – Use 50% of their profits to fund educational development in and around the underserved tea growing region of Darjeeling.
  • Toast Ale – Toast ale is an award-winning craft beer brewed with surplus fresh bread that would otherwise be wasted. All profits go to the charity, Feedback, to end food waste.